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Bead to hook size ???

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On 2/6/2007 at 7:29 PM, Slacker said:

I always forget the answer to this question regarding bead heads ......

 

The big hole goes towards the eye of the hook right......... :blink:

A little tying hint.  Sometimes the bead may slip on the finished fly.  To correct this wrap a couple wraps of "lead" wire on the hook and slip it into the wide end of the bead.  This will lock the bead in place every time.

 

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I usually don't like to add extra weight to a bead head fly.  What I do is after I slide the bead on the hook.  I start my thread wraps on the shank up to the bead head.  I move the bead head back a little bit from the eye then bring the thread over the bead head make a couple of wraps in front of it and bring back over the bead head.  Tie the fly and when I get to the bead head, I wrap down the thorax/collar, bring the thread over the bead head and build a small head in front of.  The bead's not going to move.  It easier to whip finish or in my case, half hitch it.

 

 

 

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ill bet there are weight charts online. do a search for "weight of fly tying beads". bookmark the results

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Since I warmwater fish I usually tie patterns with two or three diffrent bead sizes on each hook size. Give me different fall rates.  

MY 2 cents worth.

 

Rick 

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